Presumably, Labour canvassing will now have to end? Lord Mandelson cancelled his visit to the seat because party workers have been in contact with Mr Ostrowski. Surely, party workers won’t then be allowed to come into contact with members of the public?
The same may be true of the other candidates. Mr Ostrowski debated with them last night, he will most likely have shaken hands and exchanged words with them.
Lord Mandelson is sending a message that all those who have been in contact with Ostrowski should be avoided. Is this an official line? Will canvassing at Norwich North end early?
UPDATE July 21: I see from the Norfolk Blogger that Mr Ostrowski is apparently ‘recovering well at home‘. Good news.
UPDATE July 22: Lord Mandelson has stayed away. So too has Gordon Brown, who refused to comment (12.2pm) on the byelection at his monthly press conference today.
Yet Ben Bradshaw, the Culture Minister, is there today:
David Cameron and George Osbourne will be there tomorrow from 5.30am.